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Courtesy photo. Kathy Flachmeier.

The La Palma Council has appointed Kathy Flachmeier to fill the unexpired term of a council seat that was vacated by the resignation of Steven Hwangbo.

She was among four applicants for the position and was appointed to the City Council by unanimous vote on Jan. 3. She will be sworn in at the council’s Jan. 16 meeting.

Readers of the News Enterprise are fortunate to live within driving distance to Disneyland, one of the most popular family attractions in the world.

Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in 2018 will enjoy new experiences plus exciting new elements added to some of their favorite shows and attractions at the Happiest Place on Earth. Pixar comes to life like never before at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in 2018 to celebrate friendship and beyond, with the first-ever Pixar Fest opening April 13 and a new land, Pixar Pier, opening for summer.

Mike McCay

As a kid growing up, and even today, I was, still am enamored with people’s stories. I love to hear how they got to where they are. I love to know what made them make the choices they did and how come they are so successful in their business, so happy in their marriage, so sought after for their wisdom, so amazing as parents in raising great kids who are themselves incredible people, and what made them just an all around good person. I wanted to know what they knew so I could learn from their lives and seek to be all that God intended me to be.

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Next week, Californians will be subject to hundreds of new laws passed by the California legislature. According to an analysis posted Dec. 28 by the L.A. Times, the laws taking effect Jan. 1 range from restrictions on video streaming to naming the first-ever state dinosaur.

Here is a selection from a synopsis of the new state laws compiled by John Myers and Priya Krishnakumar published in the L.A. Times.

Dr. Juan M. Benitez, candidate for Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, 3rd district seat, received the endorsements of the Teachers Association of Long Beach, the Long Beach Firefighters Association Local 372, and the Long Beach Police Officers Association.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the help of the general public in identifying suspects revealed in surveillance video recovered from a Rossmoor home burglarized this week.

Three men who apparently dismantle a security camera in the video footage are suspects in multiple Rossmoor burglaries, according to the Sheriff’s Department..

OCSD released video images last week in hopes that the public can help detectives identify the trio suspected of burglarizing multiple homes, according to the department.

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has denounced the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear his case against Attorney General Becerra for “intentionally misleading voters” on the ballot title and summary for the Repeal of the Gas Tax.

The Los Alamitos Race Course Division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will sponsor a mobile mammography service for women aged 40 and older on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the track’s parking lot located at 4961 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, 90720.

Authorities say two men are dead, including the shooter, after a holiday gathering turned deadly Friday at a well established Long Beach law firm.

Major Langer, 75, one of the founders of Parsons, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison, was shot and killed in the apparent attack. The alleged shooter, John A. Mendoza, 58, shot Langer and another attorney, Ronald Beck, 64, before apparently turning the gun on himself.

Drone operators in the city of Los Alamitos will soon be regulated.

Residents of Los Alamitos are soon expected to be able to legally fly unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones within the city as the Council has approved a new ordinance to govern their use. 

The city council, in December, passed the law without objection after hearing a detailed overview of the ordinance presented by the staff. The law, in development for a year, becomes effective Jan. 18, according to the city.

Los Alamitos resident Joanie Jay continues to celebrate her gift of music.

It’s an annual Christmas Concert in Los Alamitos that continues to grow each year, along with other monthly in-home concerts.

“In Music there is Harmony and in Harmony there is Peace,” reads performer Joanie Jay’s invitation to the “Joanie Jay and Ron Kobayashi Trio” concert.

“I’m so glad you share your lovely voice and love of music with your friends,” say some concert goers.

Austyn Masuno goes up for a layup under defensive pressure.

After suffering their first loss of the season, to CIF-SS Division 1, 12th ranked Brea Olinda, the Patriots bounced back to win the 5th place game at the Marina Tournament, 49-47, over Edison High.

Sophia Chan hit a baseline runner in the final minute for the game winner. Austyn Masuno led the Patriots with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Chan had nine points and Angie Choi had six points and six steals.

U.S. Army National Guard Col. Julian Bond meets with government representatives.

When the bell sounded in early December for the California National Guard to activate in support of fire relief efforts in Southern California, the California State Military Reserve Installation Support Command (ISC) answered the call.

Two dozen soldiers from the ISC at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, stood up on emergency state active duty to help the base as it transformed into a staging area for personnel and supplies heading into communities ravaged by fire. Even through the holidays, the servicemen carry out their mission.

The Los Al High School band and color guard in London on New Year's Day.

An event that took a year to plan and which hasn’t happened in four decades went off without a hitch Monday as 80 members of the Los Alamitos High School marching and concert bands, marched and played through the streets of London on New Year’s Day.

The Los Al band was accompanied by the school’s color guard.

There are people in this world who can take pieces of fabric and make magic. The result is a quilt that is not only beautiful, but functional.
At the 2017 OC Fair, the winner of her division and Best in Show for quilting is Cypress resident Jane Koeberle. She was shocked to learn she had won the big prize.
“This is the first time I’ve entered a contest,” said Koeberle. “I couldn’t believe it when my friend told me I won. She saw the ribbons when she went to the fair.”

The family of Jackson Chavez, 26, will have a paddle out to honor his memory and spread his ashes on Saturday Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Seal...

The family of Jackson Chavez, 26, will have a paddle out to honor his memory and spread his ashes on Saturday Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Seal Beach with a barbeque afterwards at Clancys.

Jackson was murdered at Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado on Aug. 13.

Services for the Los Alamitos native will be held the following day on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at 360 State University Dr. in Long Beach.

Jackson leaves behind his parents Jesse and Julie Chavez and his twin brother and sister Samuel and Taylor Chavez.

Unique flavors boost a growing local food scene

Many in the Los Alamitos community are excited to see local restaurant options continue to expand. From sweet dessert spots to savory sandwich shops, new establishments breathe fresh life into the Los Al food scene.
With its soft opening a little more than a week ago, dessert shop A La Waffle is already taking the Los Al community by storm.

Los Al police captain used personal handgun

An autopsy has confirmed that former Los Al Police Captain Rick Moore shot Amanda Jensen three times with his personally owned .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun before turning the gun on himself. The Orange Country Coroner confirmed the details following autopsies on both Jensen and Moore on July 20.
As of this writing, a formal report and toxicology results were still pending.

Wiener Nationals final race came down to the wire

Katherine and Eddie Kishner’s Baby Bo, a 1 1/2 year-old dachshund from Costa Mesa, turned into the boss baby of the 22nd running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals after a come-from-behind victory in the 50-yard final on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Baby Bo qualified for the final after winning his trial with a time of 5.8 seconds, a clocking that’s believed to be the fastest ever in the history of the Wiener Nationals.
Saturday’s paid attendance of 8,705 was just off the all-time record for the event of 8,731 set in 2007.